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Freedom & Tyranny in Your Small Town

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The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. As Christians we know what true freedom consists of—freedom from the effects and consequences of our sin. Earthly freedom is of far less importance. A godly man can enjoy a free spirit though imprisoned, as our brother Paul aptly demonstrated. But of course, freedom of speech, of movement, of assembly, are a great blessing and one which we should desire for ourselves and our neighbors. And that is where involvement in the political systems of our towns comes to bear. Someone will be given the authority to make laws, to retract laws, to. . .
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Beating the Drums of War

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Picking Fights Americans love to fight! We are fighters and we are good at it. This presents us with a special temptation. Good fighters rarely walk away from a fight, even when wisdom would require it. They are prone to take up quarrels not their own. They take a dog by the ears (Proverbs 26:17), because they can whip the dog. Americans are good fighters and our history proves it. We have won wars against the British, the Mexicans, the Spanish, the Germans, the Japanese, the Koreans, the Iraqis, and more. The only war we really lost was the one. . .
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Basement Tape #176: God Bless America?

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AUDIO: God Bless America? (Basement Tapes #176)

Can God bless America today? Why do we as Americans think that God loves us above all others? Given where our country is, do we have hope for the future or should we be looking for God’s holy judgment to rain down upon us? Join us as we talk about Christianity, God, America and how God deals with the nations.

How Important is This Election?

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Election Season The Presidential Campaign certainly is a lively one this time around. It appears that many evangelicals like Donald Trump for all the wrong reasons and dislike Hillary Clinton for all the right reasons which will lead to voting based on the one hand, pride, and on the other hand, fear and loathing. As we watch this present spectacle leading ultimately to fiasco, we should be reminded that Barrack Obama once signaled the “end-of-the-world” for many of us and, hey, we’re still here. Now we all wish that things were different and that all the candidates were so dedicated. . .
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Basement Tape #167: Should Christians Resist Tyranny?

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[Audio] Should Christians Resist Tyranny? (Basement Tapes #167)

When a high-level of government acts unlawfully or outside its jurisdiction, how and when should Christians resist? Join Steve Murphy, Steven Warhurst, Erika Schanzenbach, and Eric Owens as they talk about Supreme Court rulings such as Obergefell v. Hodges (homosexual marriage) and Roe v. Wade (abortion) and how these types of rulings can be righteously resisted. They consider the doctrine of interposition and the doctrine of the lesser magistrates and how our understanding of these things could revolutionize how we think about and do politics.

The Goodness of Gold (Currency)

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The Goodness of Gold (Currency)

God Created Gold When it comes to money our national conviction is that the central government is god (or God, I am not sure which). It is difficult to know which to rail against more vigorously, the government that tries to play that role or the citizens who nod their heads in assent. When the real God wants to create something He speaks it into being and it appears, the sun, planets, oceans, forests, and people walking around. He also created gold. I am noting this because the Scriptures note it in particular in Genesis 2. It is an interesting. . .
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Acting Like the Church

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Does Socialism Ever Work? Years ago, during a job interview — strangely enough, for a job at Chilis — even stranger, I was asked if the tenets of socialism would ever work. I replied that it would work only in a purely voluntary context as in the days of the early church where in Acts we hear of those in the church with more giving eagerly to those with less and a sharing of all things. In this context, and especially when taken within a purely Christian context man is still faced with the reality that God is ultimately the. . .
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If the Constitution is a Living Document It’s Really a Dead Document

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If the Constitution is a Living Document It's Really a Dead Document

A Living Document Might Say Anything A lot of us have complained about the blatant disregard shown by the courts for the Constitution. We read daily of the latest abuses. Protection for abortion was somehow found in the text along with support for welfarism, world-wide militarism, and for a never-ending drug war. Those who have read the founding documents are astonished at each breach of hermeneutical etiquette as the court’s decisions grow ever distant from the original intent of the authors. It seems to me however, that the abuses of language, text, and intent by the courts are all presaged,. . .
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Are Socialism & Christianity Compatible?

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Are Socialism and Christianity Compatible?

Socialism in the Church In 1952, the author of Witness, Whittaker Chambers, took up his sling and sailed his rock at Communism, but he also struck “something else.” What did he hit? It was “the forces of that great socialist revolution, which, in the name of liberalism, spasmodically, incompletely, somewhat formlessly, but always in the same direction, has been inching its ice cap over the nation for two decades.” With so much of the visible church attached to national fortunes and foundations, it’s no wonder this glacier extends over the liberal and evangelical church. But how could they do it?. . .
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Conservative Fascism

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Conservative Fascism

Fascism at Home It’s not fascism when we do it. The not-so-tongue-in-cheek poster showed a Nazi Germany-style “brownshirt” with a GOP armband and waving the GOP flag. They take our taxes at gunpoint (they don’t collect your 1040 at gunpoint? Try not paying it) to fund programs that undermine and destroy the family; they require us to pay them to ride behind the wheel in our own property, they “let” us incorporate our churches so they can have a tax break and then tell them what they can preach. They force our children to get vaccinations to diseases that are. . .
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Governmental Proverbs vs. Biblical Proverbs

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Governmental Proverbs vs. Biblical Proverbs

Wisdom of Biblical Proverbs I love the Proverbs. They attracted me like a magnet from the earliest days of my spiritual youth. While rearing a family and running a small business the need for wisdom is constant. I do not read them as often now but they just keep coming back at times opportune or sometimes random it seems. However, not every hoary word derives from the lectionary of true Wisdom. Folly of Government Proverbs Having become more alert to the machinations of the Serpent and the government Leviathan, their own attempts to wax wise do not settle so easily. . .
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Christian Liberty and The Unmanned Drone

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“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings” Psalm 17:8 Rand Paul’s grand filibuster speech this week pointed up the concerns many of us have about the growing fleets of drones being operated by agencies of government at every level. It seems the governments find it almost impossible to understand why citizens are worried. For the people who operate these machines these are simply a natural extension of their existing practices and philosophy. To the citizens, these new spy tools are another extension of an already over-grown state enterprise that seeks to. . .
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A Christian Response to Women in Combat

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The old insult, “Your mama wears combat boots” may reflect an out-dated sentiment pretty soon. With Leon Panetta’s approval of women in combat we are forced to ask if mama ought to be issued those boots? Or, have we now pushed a supposedly good idea beyond its useful application? Some people want to make this about equality (though surely they want those boots in smaller sizes). For decades we have been using a steam-driven pile-driver to smash home the concept that men and women are able to do the same things. The mailman has been re-termed the mail carrier. Handy-men. . .
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Body Bags — the Cost of Unjust War

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Body Bags — the Cost of Unjust War

Unjust War on Terror As the number of innocents killed mounts it seems to me that we have to ask ‘how many are too many’ in our war against terror. Now, I understand that in an absolute measure there are no innocent people. I am speaking about innocent people in the sense that they have not violated God’s law sufficient to receive a death sentence from the hand of civil government. The words ‘you shall not murder’ apply to governments just as well as they do to individuals. Most of us know this instinctively but have not thought the implications. . .
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Giving Till It Hurts

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Giving Till it Hurts — Empty pockets

Government “Giving” through Taxation It is strange how normal it is for us 21st century Christians to assume, just like the society around us, that if anybody needs help it is the duty of the government to provide that help. It’s hard to think about life in any other way. If people can not afford rent we expect government rent subsidies. If food is lacking that is what food stamps are for. Is college too expensive? You get the idea.  I was going to make a long list but I might start to sound like a guy that has a bone. . .
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IndoctriNATION

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A new movie by filmmaker Colin Gunn on the genesis and nature of government education.

Biblical Economics Curriculum

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Biblical Economics complete curriculum by Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.

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Is money the root of all evil? What is the difference between the Keynesian, Austrian, and Chicago schools of economics? What is the mark of true prosperity, and what duties, if any, does government have toward the poor? These and other key economic questions are answered in Biblical Economics: A Complete Study Course, a curriculum from Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., that explores stewardship, prosperity, money, inflation, poverty, debt, and the implications of statist intervention in the economy.

Course includes the book Biblical Economics, twelve audio lectures, a study guide with discussion questions, tests and quizzes and the two books (digital), The Law and Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators. More information below.

Basement Tape #79: Vote Your Conscience

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Should we vote by principle, or by pragmatism? Or, is pragmatism the principle? Does God’s Word have anything to say about how we vote? We discuss voting for the lesser of two evils, candidates, and more.

 

Basement Tape #7: Government

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Audio: Government (Basement Tape #7)

There is, to improve a phrase, one Lord to rule them all. But Christ our Lord has established all manner of governments beneath Him, all of which are subject to Him. In this conversation we look at not only different governments, like church, family and state, but how these governments ought to relate one to another. We consider our own temptations to use one sphere of authority to get our way in another. In turn we remember to give thanks to God, despite our common complaints, for the gift of government.

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